March 10, 2012
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Score: #7 Ohio State 77, #10 Michigan 55
Records: U-M (24-9), Ohio State (27-6)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 11 -- NCAA Selection Show (CBS), 6 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) had its Big Ten Tournament run cut short by Ohio State (No. 7 AP, No. 7 ESPN/USA Today), 77-55, in the semifinal round today (Saturday, March 10) inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It marks the second straight year the Buckeyes have defeated the Wolverines in the semifinals of the conference tournament. OSU also eliminated U-M in the quarterfinals in 2010.
Michigan shot just 30.9 percent (17-for-55) from the field, compared to the Buckeyes, who converted 49.2 percent (31-for-61) of their shots. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind. /Chesterton) recorded double-digit scoring efforts for the Wolverines with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Ohio State opened the game on a 16-3 run in the first seven minutes with help from OSU's Jared Sullinger, who had eight of the Buckeyes' first 16 points. Michigan responded with a 6-0 run of its own to pull within seven, 16-9, at the 10:06 mark. Back-to-back layups by Novak and junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), followed by a pair of free throws from senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) kept the Wolverines within striking distance.
The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines 15-5 over the next six minutes to force Michigan to call a timeout. Out of the huddle, junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) converted a layup on a pass from freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland). On the defensive end, Vogrich came up with a steal and took it the length of the court for a fast-break layup to bring U-M back within 12, 30-18, with 3:10 remaining in the first half. The teams exchanged baskets and before an offensive rebound and a put-back by Novak made it 34-21 at the break.
The Buckeyes started the second half with a 10-3 run to push their lead to 20, 44-24, by the first media timeout (15:49). The two teams swapped field goals for the next nine minutes of the game and Ohio State maintained its 20-point advantage and the 6:55 mark. The Buckeyes continued to pull away, pushing their lead to as much as 29 with 1:57 to play.
Senior guard Corey Person (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central) scored a career-high seven points off the bench in the final two minutes to cut Ohio State's lead to 22, 77-55, by the final buzzer.
The Wolverines now turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament. They will find out what seed, location and opponent they will face tomorrow night (Sunday, March 11) during CBS's NCAA Selection Show at 6 p.m.
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